New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Huntington Beach, CA-based classic country singer-songwriter Victoria
Bailey is set to release "Honky Tonk Woman," the first single from her forthcoming album, on June 5, 2020 via Rock Ridge Music. "Honky Tonk Woman" is a melancholy, twangy anthem to the places where she fell in love with live country music. Grounding her timeless country music palette is her crystalline voice; an inviting warm tone with the occasional flutter that transports you back in time to a classic honky tonk, one where Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris
were all in heavy rotation. The album - Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, set for release in the fall of 2020 - is namechecked in the lyrics from the song.
On "Honky Tonk Woman," Bailey yearns to become the ideal country crooner who has an evergreen catalog of jukebox standards that can provide the soundtrack for life's memorable moments, like a first dance. "Honky Tonk Woman" was the first song written for the album, serving as the integral centerpiece by leading Bailey in a musical direction of classic country soundscapes and representing an important part of her story. "Everything in that song is so true to who I am," she shares. "I feel really connected with singing in these kinds of bars and the community that supports that, so this is my ode to them."
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bailey is unable to tour right now. Fans eager to see her live can catch her livestreaming weekly on her Facebook and Instagram pages at 9 p.m. central every Friday evening. Additionally, she is planning a trio of Tuesday night livestreams (May 12, 19, 26, dubbed the "Honky Tonk Happy Hour") at 5 p.m. central on her Facebook page leading up to the release of the "Honky Tonk Woman" single. All of her livestreams will be 45-minute sessions and will feature originals and covers.
Produced by Jeremy Long, Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline is a whiskey-smooth concoction of crisp guitars, silky fiddle, and radiant pedal steel that expertly glides beneath Bailey's magnetic, California sun-kissed soprano. Bailey's full-length label debut — a nine-song collection featuring eight originals and one cover — paints stunning vignettes spanning from adrenaline-rushing love at first sight and down-and-out heartache, to treasuring country music's indelible roots, and the wavering journey of resilience when chasing one's dreams. Bailey brings the classic country spirit to the 21st century through relatably raw, non-sugarcoated songwriting that may seem unexpected from most contemporary female musicians in the country realm. She shines a relevant light on some of the shadier corners of the genre not typically addressed, such as the hypocrisy that can be found in the outlaw country mindset, all while evoking a fiery, no-holds-barred lyrical approach in the vein of Margo Price.
Raised under the rays of the sun in Huntington Beach, CA, the classic country singer-songwriter was surrounded by music in her household from an early age. From her drumming father's rock 'n' roll band practices to her mom playing the narrative-driven songbooks of folk icons like Cat Stevens
Taylor, Bailey was naturally drawn to music and the art of storytelling. After falling in love with the guitar at the age of 12, she quickly developed an affinity for songwriting in her late teens and garnered the kind of support system every musical child would dream of: her father was so impressed by her talent that he called on his three musically-inclined best friends to join him in becoming his daughter's backing band, eventually performing shows around town.
It was the at-first daunting yet exhilarating aspect of performing live that made Bailey realize this was life's path for her. She found a sense of community very early on by playing honky tonks and bars that allowed the opportunity to cut her teeth on the craft of traditional country music. With five or six years of diligently working the Golden State's music scene under her belt, she was ready to transpose her striking penchant for storytelling from the stage into an impressive full-length label debut.
On Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, Bailey weaves these honest stories together for a refreshing examination of real-life American trials and tribulations through her heartfelt lens. "I hope that listeners get to know me and my story through this album, and what I love the most in life," she says. "Just to be brought back into what classic country captures and makes people feel good about, I hope that it resonates in that same way." Indeed, it's a welcome reminder of country music's potency — both sonically and thematically — to ease and comfort today's listeners through relatable storytelling, and Bailey is a promising torchbearer for the genre's rich legacy and where it's heading.